Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean it’s often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.
Joe Bates confronts some challenges facing the Americas duty free business ahead of the annual Iaddfs show.
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine March edition.
The liqueurs sector is like a jungle: full of different creatures. It’s a diverse environment where the one thing they have in common is a broad category classification. Christian Davis explores
The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary
Lower-alcohol wines are flourishing in some markets and languishing in others. Christian Davis reports
Craft spirits, so-called and authentic, are now ubiquitous. Hamish Smith discusses what this means for the term – and what the term actually means
After several years of top awards, critical acclaim and buoyant sales, Japanese whisky seems to have become a victim of its own success. Dominic Roskrow asks what’s happening next
Does super-premium really earn its stripes over the spirits segments? Holly Motion investigates
Brazil may be suffering economically, but its second sporting event in as many years is being hailed a great opportunity for its national spirit. Holly Motion reports
That rye whisky is in high demand will come as news to no one. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, we ain’t seen nothing yet….
With sugar under the cosh from the health lobby, bartenders and syrup producers are trying to find alternatives. Holly Motion catches up on the latest
Åsa Caap is the mastermind behind the Our/Vodka brand concept. Christian Davis Caught up with her in London to get the lowdown on how it all started
Spain’s sparklers could be starting to claw their way out from under the shadow of Prosecco, reports Sarah Jane Evans MW
Port is currently in good health but it needs to act now to ensure it survives warns Holly Motion
Many brandy producers’ entry level products are now falling into the spirit drinks category. Hamish Smith asks if this is a move in the right direction
Whisky has survived choppy waters in scandinavia, and sales are holding up when compared to some other european markets. Dominic Roskrow reports
Not for the first time, a growing number of retailers, distributors and drinks experts are predicting a bright future for premium rum in the United States. Dominic Roskrow asked a panel of experts for their thoughts
Hamish Smith drinks in some pearls of wisdom from the cocktail world’s top historian
It’s reputedly the UK’s fastest growing soft drink and its pairing with the cool kid of craft – gin – has done it no harm whatsoever. So why is the drink that makes up three quarters of a G&T such a hard sell Stateside?
Mezcal is a spirit steeped in the rituals of mexico’s ancients. Hamish smith discovers how it is finding its way in the modern world.
The South African wine industry has reached a crucial moment, according to the chairman of Wines of South Africa. Christian Davis got a tip off and was there
Consumers love ‘craft’, but are producers abusing the notion? Holly Hotion investigates
Fears of an agave shortage seem to be having no effect on tequila production as new markets open up and premium products find favour. Holly Motion reports
Washington state is a north American wine success story. But it is a wine region with a bit of an image problem of its own creation, finds Jamie Goode
Travel retail is a natural window to showcase champagne to the global community, says Giles Fallowfield
Hamish smith talks to ‘Mr Mezcal’ Ron Cooper about art, smuggling and improving life in the Zapotec villages.
Glenmorangie’s Bill Lumsden is to scotch whisky what Dr Who is to the BBC. Christian Davis travels to Ardbeg to meet the man who makes Glenmorangie and Ardbeg
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just the latest spirit drink which we can’t call flavoured whisky but which prominently bears a major whisky brand on its label. Confused? Dominic Roskrow says you will be
New Zealand looks incapable of putting a foot wrong when it comes to its wines. And, with 2015 being hailed a near-perfect vintage, it is in a solid position to raise its already high prices globally as well as sell all its stocks. Jamie Goode reports
Experts from design specialist Seymourpowell look at how aesthetics can drive sales
Europe’s single malt producers are demanding a place at whisky’s top table. But, as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg
The dark rum category is benefiting from some tender loving care. Dominic Roskrow looks at how it’s targeting whisky and brandy as a premium spirit
While trading conditions in key markets are far from ideal, leading liqueur brands are stepping up their focus on travel retail, as Joe Bates reports
Cognac’s fall from grace amid China’s anti-austerity measures looks to now be in reverse. Richard Woodard reports
Christian Davis meets Neil Hirst, design director of 3D branding for packaging design specialists Seymourpowell
Rioja has never had it so good, says Adam Lechmere, and its producers plan to keep it that way by upping its image
Slowly – very slowly – but surely, the various strands that make up the Indian whisky market are coming together. Could the sub-continent make a significant contribution to world whisky? asks Dominic Roskrow
Glass in hand, Fleur Disney sets off around London on a quest to track down evidence of the merging trend in exclusive vintage vodkas
Vodka is increasing its world coverage by taking the premium route in travel retail. Joe Bates looks at what’s on offer
Has the habit of vodka bashing finally come to an end? Hamish Smith believes it has...
Production is down but Russians and Ukrainians are not necessarily drinking any less – Vladislav Vorotnikov investigates
A man called Sparrow is trying to save a cat from extinction. Christian Davis meets the Snow Leopard’s best friend
These are exciting times for German winemakers and their wines, says Andrew Catchpole
Chile’s reputation as the Volvo of the wine world has been consigned to the scrapheap. Jamie Goode reports on the new wave
The world has suddenly woken up to Irish whiskey – but how is the sector going to meet the phenomenal demand? Gavin D Smith reports
With ‘artisan’ the watchword across all spirits categories, tequila is coming into its own with discerning consumers, finds Richard Woodard
Blended scotch whisky rules when it comes to volume sales worldwide. Gavin D Smith reports
Can sambuca be both a serious cocktail ingredient and a party shot? Lucy Britner looks for answers
Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh tells Hamish Smith why his niche passion could have global box-office appeal.